On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with new Vancouver Regional Construction Association president Jeannine Martin about her plans as she takes the helm of the organization.
Martin discusses her previous construction industry experience, as well as how she intends to collaborate with the British Columbia Construction Association in the push for prompt payment legislation as well as working with other construction associations across the province and in Alberta.
She also spoke to ongoing VRCA projects such as their Reconciliation Action Plan, operationalizing the association’s strategic plan and preparation for the upcoming VRCA Awards of Excellence.
The latest stories in the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce include Premier Doug Ford and his government facing heat after Bonnie Lysyk, the province’s auditor general, said the decision to open the Greenbelt region to housing construction favoured “certain developers.” And Unifor National president Lana Payne is calling out SNC-Lavalin for firing the head of a union that represents hundreds of its engineers and other workers.
From the west, WorkSafeBC is using AI to search for new risks using the Risk Analysis Unit’s software called Finding Risk in External News Data or FRIEND. It scans websites, journals, newsletters, databases and other online sources for signs of new and emerging industrial risks. Grant Cameron also has a story about the $455 million Portage Regional Health Centre project in Portage La Prairie in Manitoba.
You can listen to The Construction Record on the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Our previous episode’s interview with Association of Equipment Manufacturers senior vice-president of government and industry relations Kip Eideberg about the state of U.S. immigration is here. Thanks for listening.